Rock ‘n’ Roll DC Marathon, Half Marathon & 5K

Saturday, March 12, 2016 • Washington, DC • Course Map

Popular thanks to its relatively flat city streets and the historic beauty of its architecture and natural scenery, Washington D.C.plays host each year to the race formerly known as the National Marathon, Half Marathon & Team Relay, which became the Rock ‘n’ Roll DC Marathon & CareFirst Rock & Roll Half Marathon a few years back.

Though the course is (as always) subject to change, the race is set to take runners on a fast and flat route through the streets of the nation’s capitol, with lots of views of iconic national monuments like the U.S. Capitol Building, the Washington Monument, the White House and the U.S. Botanical Gardens.

Runners in both the half and the full marathon share the same race route for most of the half marathon, which starts near the Washington Monument on 14th Street and Constitution Avenue, and finishes near RFK Stadium, along East Capitol Street and near Anacostia Park.

In between, runners will pass by many of the nation’s capital’s most historic places and monuments, including the Lincoln Memorial, the Arlington Memorial Bridge and Oak Hill Cemetery.

While most of the course is flat and fast, as any visitor to Washington will be familiar with, there are a few rolling hills that start just before runners reach the mid-way point of the half marathon.

The course rises more than 100 feet quickly as the course runs along the Rock Creek and Potomac Parkway between miles 6 and 7, and then slowly descends over the next few miles as runners make their way through the second half of the half marathon.

The scheduled starting time for both the half marathon and the full marathon is 7:30 AM, and runners in the half marathon are limited to 4 hours on the course (those running the full have 5 1/2 hours to complete the race).

Walkers are welcome to take part in the half marathon, provided they can complete their 13.1 miles within the 4-hour course time limit.

For runners participating in the full marathon, the course continues on past RFK Stadium and heads toward the Capitol Building and the Library of Congress, and then heads across the Mall for long stretches along the Potomac and Anacostia River waterfront areas.

Race Weather & Climate

The first weeks of spring can still be quite cold in the Washington area, as temperatures average between 38°F and 56°F in March. Wet weather is a possibility (either rain or a late-season dusting of snow), as area rainfall averages nearly 4 inches during the month, with just over 1 inch of snow.

On the day of the race (March 12), the average low is 37°F and the average high is 56°F.

Past Results

Course Map

See the race route map for the Rock ‘n’ Roll DC Half Marathon here.

Starting Time

7:30 AM


  • $90 for the half marathon before October 15, 2015
  • $99 between October 16 – November 15
  • Prices are subject to change and may increase as the race grows closer


To reserve your spot in the 2016 running of Washington’s Rock ‘n’ Roll DC Marathon, Half Marathon or 5K race, register online at the event website here.

Official Race Website

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1 comment… add one

  • Stefan Johansson March 13, 2015, 7:48 pm

    Washington DC half. I was signed up and ready but was on business and came back late Friday afternoon and I can’t pick up the ticket after 7pm, on the evening before. Really poor. the day before the race it should be open until 10pm at least.
    A not so happy runner.


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